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First Day — Feb 24, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

SOFTBALL BOOSTERS

The Lady Bulldog Softball Boosters will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

BLOOD DRIVE

United Blood Services will conduct a blood drive until 5:30 p.m. today at the Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum Ave. Donors may register online at www.unitedbloodservices.org or call Stephanie Seabrease at 840-8178.

YOGA CLASSES

Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

PORCELAIN ART CLUB

The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2901 W. Fourth St., Roswell. Refreshments and social begin at 9 a.m., business meeting at 9:30 a.m. Kathy Butts from The Gallery will demonstrate watercolor painting. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Julia Esquibel at 622-5024 or Josie Turner at 625-2864.

JOHNNY COUNTERFIT

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will present the singing, acting and political vocal impressionist talents of Johnny Counterfit at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil. com or by calling the OPAC Box Office at 746-4212.

CLASS OF 1992

The Artesia High School Class of 1992 will hold a reunion planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at The Jahva House. For more information, contact Melissa at 703-4954.

FAMILY COLORING

Families are invited to enjoy coloring fun from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room.

HOSPITAL BOARD

The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.

STORY TIMES

The Artesia Public Library will host three events Tuesday, Feb. 28. Mouse Time at 10 a.m. is a quiet, passive story time featuring stories, puppets, finger plays, songs, and more for parents and children to enjoy together. Craft Time will be held at 10:30 a.m. Lion Time at 11 a.m. is an active story time featuring stories, songs, dances, movements, and more for parents and children. The theme for all three events is Dr. Seuss. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

MARDI GRAS MASKS

Teens and adults are invited to make Mardi Gras masks from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room.

PHOTO SHOW

Entries are being accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center for the 16th Annual Sara Grijalva Juried Photography Show, “Reflections.” For rules and entry forms, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

HARVEY GIRLS MOVIE

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host a free screening of “The Harvey Girls,” starring Judy Garland, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Free popcorn will be available. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

DR. SEUSS PARTY

The Artesia Public Library will host a Dr. Seuss and Library Birthday Party for all ages from 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 3. The free event will feature games, Seussical snacks, crafts, and the celebration of two birthdays. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD

The Artesia Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, March 3, to help with the Dr. Seuss event and discuss plans for April and the summer. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

HARVEY GIRLS SHOW

Liz Mikels will perform a one-woman show based on the Harvey Girls, the waitresses and hostesses who brought excellent service and fame to the Santa Fe Railroad-connected restaurants and hotels owned by Fred Harvey in the late 1880s, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Admission is free for Artesia Arts Council members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

TEEN A/V CLUB

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to a meeting of the Teen A/V Club at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Artesia Public Library. The club is devoted to producing, writing and filming YouTube videos. Participants collaborate on a library series and learn skills to make their own videos. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Watercolor Workshops with Barbara Posuniak will be held from 1-3 p.m. March 5 and April 2 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $30 and includes all materials and instruction. To register or for more information, visit www.artesiaartscouncil.com or call the OPAC at 746-4212.

PAWS & CLAWS

The annual board meeting of Paw & Claws will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room. The public is invited.

TEEN TECH WEEK

The Artesia Public Library will celebrate Teen Tech Week Wednesday, March 8. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to drop in from 3:30-6 p.m. to make a portable phone charger, all supplies provided. Other solo activities will be available March 6-10. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515

RODEO FUNDRAISER

The Artesia High School rodeo team will be bussing tables for tips from 4:30 p.m. to closing Friday, March 24, at Henry’s BBQ. Funds will help defray travel expenses for the team.

LOW INCOME TAX HELP

VITA volunteers will be available from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center to fill out state tax returns for the low-income, free of charge. Bring a Social Security card, photo ID or driver’s license, and income amount (1099, SSA or SSI amount, W2s and interest) received during 2016. If over age 65, bring property tax or rent receipts. Federal returns will not be completed.

COMMUNITY CHOIR

First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to join the Community Choir. Rehearsals are held at 7:15 p.m. each Thursday at the church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. The choir is currently working on an Easter Cantata.

YOUNG DISCIPLES

Centre Avenue Baptist Church, 1711 Centre Ave., will host a Young Disciples of Christ program for youth ages 4-12 from 7-8 p.m. each Wednesday. For more information, contact Steven Jones at 405-549-4052.

CASA VOLUNTEERS

Eddy County CASA is seeking volunteers to become advocates for abused or neglected children placed in protective custody of the state by the court and living in foster care. CASA provides training; must be 21, have a high-school diploma or GED, and pass a criminal background check. Three to four hours per week and an interest in being a voice for vulnerable children required. Training will begin in the spring. For more information, call 746-6077; email [email protected]; visit eddycountycasa.org; or visit the CASA Office at 405 S. Second St.

AGSA UMPIRES

Anyone interested in umpiring for the 2017-18 season of the Artesia Girls’ Softball Association should contact Janna Tucker at 575-513-0515.

VINTAGE WEDDING DRESSES

“Vintage Wedding Dresses,” an exhibit featuring dresses from 1844-1970, is currently on display at the Artesia Historical Museum through April 1. For more information, call 748-2390.

NOON BIBLE STUDY

All ladies are invited to participate in “Highlights of the Pentateuch,” a Bible study covering the first five books of the Bible, from noon – 1 p.m. each Thursday through April at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Lunch is available for $5. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

LITERACY COUNCIL

Those wishing to obtain their GED, study for the citizenship test, or improve reading skills are encouraged to call the Artesia Literacy Council at 748-9740 or stop by inside Trinity Temple Assembly of God, 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

SENIOR ANNUAL ADS

Senior ads are now on sale for the Artesia High School Bulldog yearbook. Anyone wishing to place a senior ad may email the yearbook staff at senioradahs@ gmail.com.

SHOES FOR PETS

New Mexico’s only no-kill animal shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking Artesians to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Call 308-2199 for shoe pickup or drop off at the Artesia Daily Press, 503 W. Main St.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS

Encompass Hospice has an immediate need for volunteers to serve Artesia patients. For more information, contact Andy Harris, volunteer coordinator, at 575-887-6050.

AGH THRIFT SHOP

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The store is located at 611 N. First St. $7 bag sales (13-gallon bags) are held each Wednesday and Saturday. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.